Monday, August 27, 2018

Fancy, wild and free! -- featuring Photo Play and Simple Stories :)

Hi everyone! :)

I wanted to share a layout I made using some Simple Stories and Photo Play papers :)

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Just because - featuring Newton's Nook :)

Hi everyone! :)

I just wanted to share a card I made using some Newton's Nook stamps :)

I made this for someone who has an obsession with skulls :)

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Jean quilt :)

Hi everyone! :)

I wanted to share a Christmas gift I made for Adam (yes, I know it is early, but I am entering this into the Arizona State Fair this year, so I had to get it done early! LOL!) 

So -- shhhhhhh everyone! Don't tell Adam about this!!! *wink* :)

A couple of years before Adam moved to Texas, I had him give me any of his old jeans that he outgrew, had holes in them, etc.  At the time I didn't know what I wanted to make with the jeans, I just knew I wanted to save them. 

After making a few T-shirt quilts (3 so far!!!) -- and my confidence growing in my sewing abilities, I went to YouTube and searched jean/denim blankets/quilts, just to see if they were hard to make.  I didn't like any of the designs I found on YouTube, but seeing how they were made, they didn't seem TOO different than the T-shirt ones I have made -- except for one AMAZING thing -- T-shirts are knit, so on each square I used, I had to add a stabilizing fabric to the back of it for stability when sewing, and denim is "tougher" so I wouldn't have to take that extra step (insert HAPPY DANCE!!!).

With that decided, I took the jeans I had saved from Adam, and I cut each leg along the seams -- here is what they looked like after I cut them -- 

I will be honest, I really thought this wouldn't be enough jean material to make a quilt big enough for Adam (he is 6'2" tall!!) -- I thought I would have to go to a thrift store and buy some more jeans to get this done! But -- it all worked out in the end!! As I will show you later on! :)

I bought a 6x6 hard plastic square template -- and started tracing each jean leg, using up every inch I could get from these!! 

Here is a photo of the squares midway through :)

Once I had the squares all cut out, I used my rotary cutter to get them down to the 6x6 inch size.

  Think about that guys -- 6x6 inches - that is the size of a paper pad from our card making companies!! :)

He had some dark jeans, and some light jeans, so I laid them out on our family room floor to create my pattern -- and here it is all laid out before I started sewing it together! :)

As I said before, I wasn't sure if I had enough squares -- well, I had enough to make this, and I still had some leftover to be able to make him a LARGE pillow (which I will be making later!)

And just to give you an idea, on HOW big this is -- I had Brian lay down on it -- and he is 6 foot tall! :)

And here is the finished project!!! :)

And YES! I kept this pocket as is -- so he can put his phone or a remote in it while he is using it! :)

This pocket was a little too close to the top for me to sew it properly -- so I bought some green bandannas (green is his fave color!) -- and sewed it inside the pocket to make it look like he has a folded bandanna tucked in it :)

Some of his jeans had holes in them -- I was going to leave them as is -- but then I thought about if he washed this quilt, the water would get trapped between the denim material and the backing fabric -- so I used more green bandannas and sewed them BEHIND the holes to give it some fun dimension :)

And this proves they really were Adam's jeans ... lol!! I made arrows on this photo to show old paint stains on his jeans from when he helped us paint some things around the house! :)

I wanted to pick a real soft backing fabric to make this comfy for Adam -- and I REALLY wanted green, but the fabric store didn't have any green that was 'soft' enough for me, so I chose a darker blue soft chenille fabric ... so COMFY!!! :)

It looks purple -- but I promise -- it is BLUE! LOL :)

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate it! :)